March 28, 2009

THE UR IS LUCKY WE DON'T HAVE A PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM:

Do the honourable thing, Mr Brown. Run away: An appalling speech in Strasbourg, embarrassments at home and abroad... this Prime Minister must sacrifice himself (Matthew Parris, 3/28/09, Times of London)

I've just read one of the worst speeches by a British prime minister it's been my misfortune to encounter in 40 years following politics. Wilson had folksy evasiveness; Heath, wooden principle; Thatcher, tin-eared persistence; Blair, slimy charm. In every case you could tell why they'd got the job, even when you hated what they were doing with it.

But this? This hole in the air encased in a suit of clunking verbal armour? This truck-load of clich├ęd grandiloquence in hopeless pursuit of anything that might count as the faintest apology for an idea? Words fail me.

They certainly failed Gordon Brown, addressing the European Parliament this week. No wonder everybody's now watching the MEP Daniel Hannan's riposte, uploaded on to YouTube - for the sheer, blessed relief of finding anyone still standing as the grey ash came bucketing down.

Where shall I begin? Shall I bother? Is he worth it?

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Posted by Orrin Judd at March 28, 2009 9:22 AM
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